Ask Vivek questions about KTH and read more about his decision to study at KTH, thoughts about Sweden, advice to prospective students and his plans for the future.
My name is Vivek and I am from India. I’m 27 years old and am studying on the Master’s programme in Integrated Product Design. I previously studied at the University of Mumbai, India. I like 80s’ music, comic books and creative exercises.
Why did you choose this master’s programme at KTH?
I have had my eyes on Sweden for a long time. I was very impressed by the way of life here and the society’s approach to technology and design. I was very interested in studying Industrial Design and the Scandinavian design philosophy seemed to resonate with me personally. I chose a master’s at KTH because it was more relatable to my engineering background and the fact that it was in Stockholm. Stockholm and KTH are full of diversity. Also, meeting many people from different backgrounds was very appealing to me.
What are the best aspects of your programme?
The programme is very interdisciplinary. Other than just design and engineering, a lot of focus is put on human needs, sustainability and socio-economic factors. Students are really encouraged to speak their minds and express their opinions without worrying about being judged. My classmates are also brilliant and create a really welcoming environment!
Have you chosen a specialisation track within the programme? If Yes, which track and why?
I have chosen the Industrial Design Engineering track with this master’s programme. I chose this track because I felt like I wanted to expand my knowledge in different areas and this track is very interdisciplinary. There is a decent number of credits you can dedicate to electives and this helps you tailor the programme to your own needs.
What are your favourite courses thus far?
It can really be hard to choose your favourite course when the majority of them are really impressive! But I am fond of Service Design, Design Thinking and Advanced Product Design.
How do studies at KTH differ from your previous studies?
The most noticeable difference is the attitude towards learning at KTH. The faculty is very open and it often encourages students to get involved in the lectures. Sometimes the lectures feel more like an open discussion – and that is very crucial – given that the subjects that we study can be very nuanced. The result is that we learn in a very wholesome manner and we learn effectively.
How is student life in Stockholm?
Student life is great in Stockholm. People from all over the world come to study at KTH so you can meet a lot of people from different backgrounds. There are many opportunities to participate in activities such as social events, parties or indulging in any of your hobbies. Stockholm is surrounded by greenery and outdoor activities such as sports and camping. In addition, students enjoy a lot of benefits such as discounts on some public and private services.
How would you describe your time at KTH so far?
So far KTH has met most of my expectations and even exceeded them in some cases. The courses have provided me with the knowledge I needed. There is also an abundance of facilities that help students indulge in whatever passions or hobbies they might have, whether career related or not.
The people on the campus are very friendly and welcoming and it is not hard to make friends here at all. In general, moving to a new place can be quite a scary and challenging experience. However, having the support of both KTH and its student union really helps a lot.
What do you want to do after graduating?
For the first few years, I would like to work at a design consultancy in an R&D department. In the long term, I may choose to be an entrepreneur and have my own start-up.
What would you like to say to students thinking of choosing KTH for their master’s studies?
I would tell them to absolutely go for it. KTH is a very renowned university in Sweden – and rightfully so. If you want a quality education and the experience of a lifetime, coming to KTH will be a great decision!